by Brittany Pincus
Colored pencil - 14" x 12" (2021)
I explore my Korean background and Asian identity by visually representing my culture as well as the discrimination [through personal experience] of my Asian identity. Through the abstraction of traditional Korean designs and cultural patterns found in fashion, fabric, and architectural decorative designs, I combine this with my own stylized designs by adding additional elements such as texture and embellishments. I find meaning in immersing the viewer in ethnic culture with these designs as well as the negative anti-Asian experience that contrasts each other, that describes how even though there is beauty throughout Asian culture, there is still an anti-Asian sentiment. Apart from creating these cultural designs, including the visual representation of the portraits expresses the importance of having ethnic features in today’s world.